Two call­outs and a shore side emer­gency

The Oban Times - - News -

OBAN lifeboat vol­un­teers had a busy day on Thurs­day May 18 with two call­outs and a shore­based emer­gency.

The day be­gan for the vol­un­teer crew at 9.26am when they were called to help a fish­ing ves­sel with en­gine fail­ure close to the isle of Fladda in the Sound of Lu­ing. Stornoway Coast­guard asked ves­sels in the area to standby un­til the lifeboat ar­rived.

The fish­ing boat, with two peo­ple on board, was lo­cated by 10.03am with an­other fish­ing ves­sel stand­ing by. Oban lifeboat set up a tow and took the stricken ves­sel to Craobh Haven.

The lifeboat re­turned to Oban and was made ready for ser­vice again by 1pm.

Shortly af­ter, as­sis­tance was re­quired as some­one had fallen and sus­tained a head in­jury close to the sta­tion.

Oban’s full time coxswain, the sta­tion’s me­chanic and a deputy coxswain took care of the ca­su­alty un­til an am­bu­lance ar­rived.

Just be­fore 3pm the lifeboat was launched for the second time fol­low­ing re­ports of a miss­ing kayaker in Port Ap­pin. The vol­un­teer crew de­parted Oban but were stood down shortly af­ter as the kayaker was con­firmed safe and well.

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